Chris Sale settled seven innings without accepting a race to win his third consecutive decision, and the Boston Red Sox bounced the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 Saturday.
Xander Bogaerts drove in three runs to back Sale (11-3), who had 11 strikeouts and raised his total to 166 this season, the highest in the majors.
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Sale has a 2-0 record with 24 strikeouts in 15 innings against the Blue Jays, who have not allowed a single run this season.
Blaine Boyer solved the eighth chapter and Robby Scott admitted a solo homer by Steve Pearce in the ninth.
Jackie Bradley Jr hit a two-run double when there were two outs from the first inning and Dustin Pedroia did the same in the second. Bogaerts lifted a sacrifice balloon in the fifth and added a two-run single off Lucas Harrell in the ninth.
Mookie Betts managed three tickets and scored three times for the Red Sox, leaders of the AL East, who have won five of six. Hanley Ramirez had three hits.
Francisco Liriano (4-4) loaded with the loss by receiving five runs in six innings. The Dominican left-hander has not spun consecutive victories in this campaign.
For the Red Sox, the Ramirez 5-3 with an annotated. Sandy Leon of 4-2 with an annotated.
For the Azulejos, the Dominican Jose Bautista of 4-0.